Any time a person sustains a blow to the head, there is a chance of brain injury. If you or a loved one were in an accident and suffered trauma to the head (severe shaking, whiplash force, etc.), pay attention to signs of a brain injury. It can be critical to prevent more severe complications. Here’s what to look for.
Unconsciousness is one of the most obvious signs of a brain injury as well as one of the most severe. If a person who suffered trauma to the head is unconscious, he or she should receive medical treatment immediately. Unconsciousness can be a sign of a very serious brain injury.
Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are two common signs of a concussion and/or a mild brain injury. While some mild nausea may be normal, if nausea persists or vomiting is uncontrollable, then the victim should be taken to the emergency room as soon as possible.
When a person suffered a brain injury, he or she may suffer memory impairment. Usually, the memory loss is short-term – the victim may not remember the details leading up to the accident and may show confusion regarding what’s happening around him or her. In some cases, though, the memory loss can be long-term, which might have an even greater effect on the victim’s life.
A brain injury doesn’t always manifest immediately; sometimes, symptoms can take hours or days to develop. One sign of a brain injury following a blow to the head is a change in the person’s behavior. This can include both emotional and physical changes, such as increased anxiety, depression and crying, as well as trouble sleeping and changes in sleep patterns. Sometimes a person may seem more withdrawn or emotional following a traumatic brain injury.
Mild, Moderate, and Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
All of the symptoms above are indicative of either a mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). A mild TBI may not cause unconsciousness, or it may last a few seconds or a few minutes. A moderate or severe brain injury may leave a person unconscious for minutes, hours or longer. Other symptoms may follow a similar pattern in which mild TBIs cause less severe symptoms than moderate to severe TBIs.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer from Preszler Law
If you or a loved one were in an accident that you believe was due to the negligence of another, contact a person injury lawyer from the Preszler Law Firm. We will work to protect your rights and help you recover damages to cover the extent of a brain injury and necessary treatment or care. Reach us today at 1-800-JUSTICE® or contact us online.